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The Top Ethiopian Military Leadership under three regimes in Ethiopia
Written by Ginbot 7 Research Team   
Friday, 05 March 2010
The Ethiopian Military Leadership Under Haile Selassie and Derge Regimes. A few months ago, Ginbot 7’s research team presented an extensive list of the top military commanders of the current regime in Ethiopia ncluding their names, their position in the military and their ethnic background.
That meticulously researched study showed how the current military of Meles Zenawi’s regime is totally dominated by one ethnic group where by some 95% of the top brass of the military emanate from the Tigrian ethnic group representing about 6% of the population. Read more on the English or Amharic versions.

US envoy pledges to press Ethiopia on rights
Written by AFP   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Donald Booth President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next US ambassador to Ethiopia pledged on Tuesday to press the government in Addis Ababa to improve human rights, free political prisoners and make upcoming elections fair.

But he warned that Ethiopia's "limitations on political expression and economic activities as well as shortcomings in respect to basic human rights run counter to American principles and risk becoming the seeds of future instability."
Jailed but not forgotten
Written by The Guardian   
Monday, 11 January 2010

Birtukan Mideksa's mother and daughter Almaz Gebregziabher and her granddaughter, Halley, hold a photograph of Halley’s mother, Birtukan Mideksa , who has been likened to Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi in her fight for democracy. Photograph: Xan Rice

""My child did not do anything wrong – she had no weapon, she committed no crime," said Almaz Gebregziabher, Birtukan Mideksa 's mother, in her house on a hillside in Addis Ababa after visiting her daughter one recent Sunday. "I want the world to know that this is unjust." Many Ethiopians agree.

At noon every Sunday an old Toyota sedan donated by supporters of Ethiopia's most famous prisoner pulls up near a jail on the outskirts of the capital. A 74-year-old woman in a white shawl and her four-year-old granddaughter – the only outsiders the prisoner is allowed to see – step out for a 30-minute visit.

Most inmates at Kaliti prison want their relatives to buy them food. But Birtukan Mideksa , the 35-year-old leader of the country's main opposition party, always asks her mother and daughter to bring books: an anthology titled The Power of Non-Violence, Bertrand Russell's Best, and the memoirs of Gandhi, Barack Obama, and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese political prisoner to whom she has been compared.

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First Prize of 2005 AISI Award

First Prize of the African Information Society Initiative - 2005
CyberEthiopia was awarded the First Prize of the 2005 Africa Information Society Media Awards (AISI) introduced in 2003 to encourage more informed coverage of the Information Society and the Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

Political Internet Censorship

Political Internet Filtering in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet. Since May 2006, the top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective is to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.
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